6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving

The IARS International Institute is delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the 6th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards!

The Community Leader Award

Nominees: Nazreen Khan, Nicholas Nicou, Nathalie Grigorenko, Alda Daci, Leila Omari

Winner: Nicholas Nicou

The Partnership of the Year Award

Nominees: Simon Whiteley and the Tideway Organisation,  The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)

Winner: The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)

The Peacemaker of the Year Award

Nominees: Mohamed Abdelwahab, Student Organization Cuuna of Cambridge University, 4Front Project, Our Future – Our Choice Youth Organisation, LeapConflict Organization & Naomi Lunguma

Winner: Naomi Lunguma

The Youth Research Project Award

Nominees: Ancient House Teenage History Club, Victoria Pérez Fernández, Aidan Chase-McCarthy, Laura de Nuzzo, Bizzie Bodies

Winner: Aidan Chase-McCarthy

The Youth Digital Award

Nominees: Sanjeev Sandhu, Bizzie Bodies, Gal-Dem Magazine 

Winner: Sanjeev Sandhu

The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

Nominees: Preetii Bali, Calum Paton, Girum Chala

Winner: Calum Paton

Since 2012, the IARS International Institute has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world.

The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. Their aim is to recognise and reward outstanding young people and projects that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are making positive contributions to their communities in an Awards Ceremony that will be held on 28 May 2019 in Central London

Chairs of the event

Geena Whiteman (IARS Youth Projects Coordinator) and
Alice Crilly – Member of the Youth Advisory Board

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS’ Founder and Director/ 99% Campaign)
Councillor Nick Johnson (Surrey Docks Ward, Liberal Democrats)
Sharniya Ferdinand (Business Inclusion Programme Coordinator, Commercial & Private Banking, NatWest)

Robert Posner (Director, 5Rights Foundation)
Sue Sanders (Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute, Chair of Schools OUT UK, Founder LGBT History Month UK & The Classroom)

Eva de Luis (Eurodesk, Erasmus + UK National Agency)

There will be free food and drinks as well as artistic performances!

The event will take place in
Canada Water Theatre
21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

28/05/2019 18:00-20:00

The awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations. This is a free event, refreshments will be served but booking is required (see below)

You do not need to be based in the UK. It can be an ongoing or a completed piece of work. You do not need to have worked with IARS. However, your contribution to IARS mission & vision must be identifiable through examples and where possible, evidence.

Nominations for 6 categories are now open to the public; calling on individuals and organisations to put forward young individuals with inspiring and leadership credentials. Self-nominations are also accepted. We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organisations that showcase their contribution to IARS mission & vision. All categories and awards criteria can be found below. Nominations should be submitted by 25th May 2019. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

The theme for this year’s awards is young people who make a difference to their communities; through projects, movements or business. 

We want to hear from young people aged who have done something amazing this year – whatever it may be. We’ve kept our categories broad so that we can capture a variety of outstanding work that is happening thanks to young people, everywhere. See categories, sponsors and prizes below!

If you would like to nominate any young people or organisations, please submit the form including both the nominees contact e-mail and yours. Nominations close on the 22 May 2019, and all finalists will be e-mailed shortly afterwards to confirm attendance.

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The Community Leader Award

Who is the award for? For the young person aged 15-25 who has shown true leadership by helping and inspiring others to contribute to their community and deliver IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. The successful candidate should fulfil the following criteria:

  • The young person has demonstrated that they have led others to participate in social problem solving;
  • The young person provides examples of how others have been encouraged to contribute to their communities as a result of their activities.
  • The young person shows determination in leading others in their community to tackle a specific social issue.

Prize: 10 one hour 1-2-1 sessions with Simon Goldhill, a legal market entrepreneur and business builder 

The Peacemaker of the Year Award

Who is this award for? Originally created to recognise the efforts of those who strove to counteract the consequences from the August 2011 riots in England, this award is for a young person (aged 13-25) who has made a significant contribution to the community by helping victims of crime overcome the stress and trauma they have suffered, reducing conflict and harm by promoting healing through the use of restorative justice principles and processes, or by working with other individuals to create a positive image of young people in the UK. The successful candidate should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated how their activities have made a positive impact in the community, supported victims to overcome troubling life experiences, or promoted the use of restorative justice principles and practices.
  • Has carried out activities which promote youth activism.
  • Has demonstrated leadership potential and has played a key role in achieving IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Prize: An internship with RJ4All & advice from a leading restorative justice expert 

RJ4All (https://www.rj4all.info/) is an international NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion. Through its programmes, RJ4All redistributes power using restorative justice. 

The Youth Research Project Award

Who is the award for? For the project that has produced new research that has made a significant contribution to IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. Nominations on best research projects can also be made by choosing papers from IARS’ Youth Voice Journal. The successful project should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The research must focus on an area of youth policy or an issue affecting young people with bonus points for projects that have involved young people in the research process.
  • The project has undertaken action research, promoting participation of the community.
  • The research is independent, credible, focused and current.
  • The project has contributed to research which forms a solid evidence base for policy makers in the UK or in Europe.
  • The research has fed into wider debate on the topic. 

Prize: A year’s membership to IARS (worth £200)!

Benefits include: 

  • Free CPD accrediting training events/online courses
  • Able to contribute to IARS reports/projects/ publications
  • Eligibility to join IARS in fully funded training courses abroad
Youth Digital Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 15-25) who has produced any form of multimedia content that covers youth topics.  Check out the 99% Campaign Pries for some inspiration on using/producing multimedia content here and here. The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

    • The material promotes or documents a youth related issue through digital storytelling i.e. photo gallery, short video, podcast etc.;
    • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The piece shows a personal take on youth issues and demonstrates creativity.

Prize: 3 hours mentorship with Leonardo Castellanos, Partner of SAATCHiNVEST & a year’s mentorship with James Bryan of Clipr Tech.

SAATCHiNVEST.com is a seed venture capital vehicle, established by M&C Saatchi, investing in startup companies and leveraging digital technology to solve everyday problems in a simple way. Leo is a public speaker and panelist on Investment Readiness, Business Models, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialisation and Product Innovation. 

Clipr Tech (www.cliprtech.com) is a beauty start-up which focuses on empowering hairdressers to work from their phone and from home.

The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 15-25)  who has produced a high quality written piece (article/blog) that raises a social issue relevant to young people and showcases journalistic endeavour in their work.

The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The piece addresses an issue/story in an original way;
  • Depth and quality of the research;
  • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The subject matter fits the key message of the campaign; promoting a more positive image of young people;
  • The piece has the potential to spark debate amongst young people

Prize: 10 one hour 1-2-1 sessions with James Lowe, an experienced Chief Financial Officer + publication of an article in the next edition of the 99% Campaign Magazine.

The Partnership Award of the Year

Who is the award for? For a public or private and third sector partnership project that has worked effectively with young people to actively involve them in social problem solving and/or enabled them to influence decision-making processes. Joint or multiple organisational applications are accepted. The successful partnership should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated how they have acted as a partnership that supports young people to shape decision making processes and/or contribute to social problem solving.
  • Forged a partnership that aims to make society fairer and more inclusive and share best practice.
  • Forged a partnership which encourages the active participation of young people in the broader community

Prize: 3 hours of Mentoring and Consulting of Start-Ups Digitization with The Center of Social Innovation

The Center for Social Innovation (www.csicy.com) is offering 3 hours of Mentoring and Consulting to one of the members of the project team on how to integrate and utilize new technologies like cloud, virtual reality, internet of things and data mining, in their start-ups and businesses in order in increase their productivity, efficiency, security, visibility and sustainability.

 

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